The Gilmer Mirror – BBB Warns Consumers of Fraudulent Computer Repair Calls

August 17, 2012 by  
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BBB is alerting consumers of a phone scam in which the caller claims to be from Microsoft. In an effort to gain remote control access to the victim’s computer, the caller offers to solve the consumer’s computer problems or sell thema license for software.

Once cybercriminals have gained a victim’s trust, they can do one or more of the following:- Trick people into installing malicious software on their computer.- take control of a victim’s computer remotely and adjust settings in order to leave the computer vulnerable.- Request credit card information so that cybercriminals can bill for the phony services

“Scammers know how to get around our better judgment”, said Mechele Agbayani Mills, President and CEO of BBB Serving Central East Texas. “by using the names often use the names of well-known companies in order to gain the trust of consumers, cybercriminals and other scammers are able to gain access to accounts and attack the computers of their victims.”

According to the Microsoft website, they will not make unsolicited phone calls to help you with your computer. If you receive a phone call similar to the one described, delete the message or hang up.Here are some of the organizations that cybercriminals claim to be from:• Windows Helpdesk• Windows Service Center• Microsoft Tech Support• Microsoft Support• Windows Technical Department Support Group•Microsoft Research and Development Team (Microsoft R & D Team)BBB advises consumers follow these tips to protect themselves from scammers attempting to access their computer:go through your service provider directly. If you are concerned your computer may be exposed to viruses or other security threats, contact your service provider directly. Some providers offer free tools that can help detect and remove viruses.

Install virus detection. To help protect your computer from viruses make sure you have virus detection software installed on your computer. This software can also help identify if a virus appears on your computer.Don’t trust cold calls. never give out personal information, over the phone, to someone you don’t know. If the caller claims there is a security threat to your computer, hang up and call your computer company directly.To find a computer repair company you can trust, go to www.bbb.org. To report a fraud or scam, call the BBB Hotline: (903) 581-8373.

About the BBBThe BBB is an unbiased nonprofit organization that sets and upholds high standards for fair and honest business behavior. Businesses that earn BBB Accreditation contractually agree and adhere to the organization’s high standards of ethical business behavior. The BBB provides objective advice, free BBB Business Reviewsand BBB Wise Giving ReportsTM on charities and educational information on topics affecting marketplace trust. To further promote trust, your BBB also offers dispute resolution services for consumers and businesses. The first BBB was founded in 1912. Today, 116 BBBs serve communities across the U.S. and Canada. please visit www.easttexas.bbb.org for more information

The Laptop battery maintenance tips ~ computer tomorrow

July 8, 2012 by  
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Rational use of laptop battery will extend battery life,is an effective means of laptop battery maintenance. Many users of laptopbattery use a long time, there will be sufficient dissatisfaction with thepower, endurance time decreased significantly aging. therefore, when using thelaptop battery should be noted that some of the tips, and avoid some errors.Next, Staercke Xiaobian daily notebook battery life skills and the attention tothe problem. I hope to help solve the problem of the laptop battery life withthe use of time.the first charge of laptop battery Many consumers in the purchase of the notebook will bethe dealer informed that the new notebook to be repeated three times thebattery fully charge / discharge, the charging time is the best in more than 12hours, the activation of the battery. Such a sentence, so that the majority ofthe user to enter a misunderstanding. In fact, the laptop computer at thefactory before the Inspiron 1545 batterywill be activated in order to avoid the natural wear and tear affect thebattery performance will remain a small amount of electricity. Users to get thelaptop has been activated before the, and then complete a fully charged in accordancewith the dealers said, the laptop battery will automatically stop working, notonly did not need to keep the charging time to 12 hours, and to do so is toincrease the loss of the battery. Overall, buy a new notebook computer justfollow the normal charge / discharge methods.2, deliberately run out of powerRun out of battery power on a regular basis, about amonth, to ensure a full charge. Do not forget to completely run out of batterycharge, just notebook running CPU-intensive tasks, such as play some 3D gamesor watching HD video, so soon run out of power in the battery, of course, theseoperations to unplug the power. Of course, each charge before the batterydischarge is not necessary, and is harmful. Practice has proved that: the depthof discharge of the battery will unnecessarily reduce the battery life, it isproposed that under normal circumstances, can be charged when the battery powerused by about 10%. However, when the battery is still more than 30% ofelectricity is best not to charge because the memory effect does exist.3, when the power is turned on without taking off thebattery Many users are confused, when plugged into an AC, if theywould want the battery to win, in order to prevent repeated charge anddischarge? In fact, this is not necessary. because most laptop power supplycontrol circuit design of a feature, is the only charge when the battery isbelow 90% or 95%, through natural discharge time to achieve this capacity for 2weeks to a month. and even if the battery is charging again and bring the lossof no more than a long time without batteries caused great loss. If the user inusing the laptop suddenly loses power, not only a notebook injury, but dataloss is irreparable serious consequences.4,Learn how to use power management the power management features built into the Windowssystem, users can set different power plan according to different needs, so the Inspiron1525 battery energy saving, reducing the wear andtear on the battery. In addition to the built-in Windows power managementfeatures, some notebook also comes with power management software (such asLenovo notebook), the rational use of these software are better able to controlcharge and discharge laptop, an increase laptop battery life. By Ellen

How long will your USB flash drive last? It’s much shorter than you think!

July 6, 2012 by  
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Every electronic device has a set lifetime, no matter how reliable it may be. Either the mechanical components of the device fail and/or the electronics fail. it may be great news to the manufacturing companies; however not so much to us – the regular consumers.

The news of failing electronics get worse if you consider storage devices such as hard drives, SSDs, and flash memory. Drive failure frequently means loss of important data and utter disappointment.  If there is a chance or restoring the data from the backup,  it may take hours or even days.  It’s difficult to find reconciliation, unless you’re into target practice.

It’s almost impossible to reliably predict a point of time when a drive will fail. Fortunately, there are some tools to estimate an average lifetime of a storage drive. We’ll focus on the flash memory (NAND) storage in this post, and will leave the hard drives to other blogs. Keep in mind that we’ll show a relatively simple way of computing the life of an average flash drive with typical usage.

Let’s dive in! Wait… before we do; let’s go over some basics really quickly.

  1. Flash memory consists of billions of transistors. each transistor can store from one bit to three bits
  2. The smallest data that the flash memory can read or write is 4KB worth of data. 4KB = 32768 bits
  3. The smallest data the the flash memory can erase is 512KB – that’s huge!
  4. If the data is overwritten in the flash memory, it must first be erased and only then written.
  5. Each time the data is erased, the life of the transistors involved is diminished.
  6. Each time the data is written/read, the controller on the flash drive interacts with the flash memory. that interaction is referred to as IOPS (Input/Output [operations] Per Second)

Now we can start calculating the life of your flash drive. The usual life of each transistor for erase/write cycle is about 1,000 or less. The reason it’s not higher is because the USB flash memory makers often use MLC or TLC type flash memory. from the lesson #1 above; it is the type that stores 2 and 3 bits respectively per transistor (cell).

The average write IOPS measure for a flash drive is about 200. However, if you’re geeky enough, you can measure yours with Intel’s iometer tool.

So how do I actually get the life of my drive?!

Only 6.3145 days! Is this a joke!?! sorry; not a joke; however there is good news.

Now the good news. The calculation assumes that 15% (that’s the 0.15 in computation) of the time you’ll be writing to the drive. That’s 24 hours per day for those 6.3145 days. Also, the calculation assumes that you’ll be overwriting or erasing and writing the data into the same place on the flash drive. These are 6.3145 pure, and hardcore writing days!

Practically speaking, a lot depends on the usage of your drive and the capacity. Additionally, a hidden attribute – a factor of how well the controller on the flash drive distributes the writes. In any case, for a casual user, a 4GB drive can last several years. Multiplying your capacity, increases the lifetime of your drive so it’s always a good idea to pick the largest size you can.

So what’s that magic number that is used in the formula, you ask? It’s quite simple It’s purely used for conversion purposes. since we use GBs in the numerator and seconds in the IOPS argument, it’s easier to use the 33.25 conversion factor to simplify computation. you get 33.25 with the following operation: 1,000 cycles X (1,048,576KB) / 31,536, 000 sec [There is 1,048,576KB in 1GB; there is 31,536,000 sec in one year]

So how long will your USB flash drive last? that really depends on many factors. However, there are few things you can remember if you want to extend the life of your drive.

  1. Buy the largest capacity you can afford.
  2. Do research. choose SLC memory over MLC. and MLC over TLC.
  3. Avoid erasing data.
  4. Even the best technology fails; don’t forget to backup!

Armed with the information, you now can protect your investment better. most of our valuable work is now stored on hard drives and flash memory. The flash memory is being utilized more and more due to its high speed and the lack of mechanical parts. However, there are important facts that you must know to better guard yourself from data loss.

What Android’s Jelly Bean Does To Advance Mobile

June 30, 2012 by  
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At the I/O conference today,Google provided an update on its operating system, launched a tablet, illustrated cool glass with a skydiving demo and generally delighted a bunch of developers.  The  company shared the latest stats. over 400 million Android-based devices (phones and tablets) have been sold, compared to 100 million at last year’s conference. over 1 million Android devices (phones and tablets) are activated every day, up from 400,000 a year ago. this translated to roughly 11.5 Android device activiation per second. Compare this to 2010 at CES and in 2011 on Twitter when Nokia said it sells 13 phones per second. Clearly, there has been a rapid ramp in Android which is hurting Nokia and RIM. but unlike Nokia, Android’s volume is spread over a wide range of device manufacturers. The fragmented market will create challenges for many device manufacturers. However, the operating system will improve what a majority of  consumers will be able to do in the future. Some takeaways from the morning keynote:

The operating system will anticipate your next action to improve your experience. for example, both Google and RIM have demonstrated the ability for the OS to predict what words you will type next and automatically type them for you.  In the newest version of Android, the OS will predict the next place you will touch on the screen to make your touch interface more responsive. Android 4.1 Jelly Bean is incremental but necessary. Android 4.1 improves the performance of scrolling and swiping by predicting where the user is most likely to touch. this prediction speeds up the response time. It might sound trivial but response time for touch is a critical part of the mobile experience.

Search gets a remake. The biggest new feature consists of various improvements to search. In Jelly Bean, Google overhauled search, making the interface more visual with what it called cards. It’s faster with more natural language voice search. Cards have pictures or maps and shortcuts. Web search results are also presented as a  back up set of data sources for the card.

Voice typing works without a data connection. In a move that makes Siri look outdated, Google showed a demo of  translating voice to  text while in airplane mode. The service will start with English and add other languages.

Google Now is a set of context services that I’ve been calling Right Time Experiences. for some time I’ve said that applications would become predictive adaptive and semantic. Google announced Google Now, which is supposed to get you the right information at the right time automatically. The Google Now services will learn over time and become most customized to an individual user. Google illustrated several examples of this at I/O including places, traffic, and appointments. What do I mean by this? In the past, an application or a service was a self-contained entity. for example, your calendar only knew about your appointments and a CRM system only had access let a limited source of customer data. Today, data sources such as a weather, traffic feeds etc. have APIs that allows an application to connect to it. Location and social graphs can also be accessed if the user allows it. Applications will tap into available sources such as your calendar, your location, and a traffic feed. with this data a map application such as Google Maps could alert you that there is a road closure and you’ll need to leave earlier to make your appointment. Services will gather data from multiple sources and make recommendations or deliver content based on what you need.

Every six months mobile operating systems advance toward next-generation operating systems that run across a wide range of connected devices spanning phones to automobiles. In fact, the term mobile operating system will fade away as the OS that runs your smartphone can be the same OS that runs your home automation system and your car. I look forward to seeing what’s next for Apple, RIM and Microsoft.

Is It a Laptop? A Tablet? Whatever, PC Makers Just Hope You’ll Buy It

June 28, 2012 by  
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One thing apparent at Computex this week is that computer makers really aren’t sure what consumers want in a PC, and they’re throwing everything at the wall to see what sticks.

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There might never have been such a wide variety of computer styles on display as there are here in Taipei. many use Microsoft’s upcoming Windows 8 OS, or the Windows RT version for ARM-based processors. others run Google’s Android software, though that OS has been less visible this year than last.

There are laptops with screens that twist and fold in every direction, some with touch-screens and some without. There are 7-inch tablets and 10-inch tablets, and tablets that come with attachable keyboards and others that don’t. The line between a tablet and a laptop has almost ceased to exist.

There’s an all-in-one PC with a large monitor that can be unclipped and carried like a giant tablet, and other monitors that can be turned on their side in portrait mode. There’s a smartphone that snaps into a tablet that snaps into a keyboard, turning the whole thing into a laptop.

The products are made possible by better, cheaper components, by the new touch interface in Windows 8 and by Intel’s ultrabook formula. But they’re also driven by a sense of urgency among PC makers, desperate for a hit product that can outrun the iPad and revive their fortunes.

“We were expecting to see a lot of experimentation at the show and we got it,” said IDC analyst Brian Ma. It’s probably good for consumers, who get to vote with their wallets to decide the winners. But many designs will surely fail or be relegated to niche markets. Charles Darwin would be impressed.

One of the more inventive companies is Asustek Computer, which popularized the netbook a few years ago. Asus Chairman and impresario Jonney Shih had more surprises at a news conference Monday. One was the Taichi, which looks like a standard Windows notebook, except that when the lid is closed the outside can act as a second, touch-screen display, so the device becomes a tablet.

It’s not bulky, either; Asus says the Taichi is as light as its Zenbook. And when the lid is open, the inner laptop screen and the outer tablet screen can be used simultaneously, so people sitting opposite each other can both view what’s on the display. It could be useful for presentations and sales pitches, or it might not be useful at all: Time will tell.

Also unusual was Asus’s Transformer AiO, which looks like a normal, all-in-one PC but has detachable, 18.4-inch touch-screen that can be used as a wireless display. more unusual, at the push of a button the display can switch from Windows 8 to Android, becoming “the world’s biggest tablet,” as Shih put it, carting it across the stage under his arm. Unfortunately, the screen froze during his demo and he had to move on.

Acer also has a new all-in-one PC, shown by Microsoft’s Steve Guggenheimer in his keynote Wednesday, with a large monitor that can swivel on its side into portrait mode. He also showed an Acer laptop whose ports are hidden at the back to make it as thin as possible, but which drop down when needed at the push of a button in a half-centimeter panel.

Yet another Acer laptop, the aptly named Yoga, has a screen that folds out flat through 180 degrees, and then keeps folding all the way back on itself, so the device becomes a tablet with a keyboard on the back. why? maybe just because it can.

Not everything at the show is gimmicky. There are standard laptops in all sizes, made thinner and lighter thanks to the upcoming “Ivy Bridge” variant of Intel’s Atom processor, which can get by with smaller, lighter batteries. Gigabyte Technologies showed a laptop with a carbon fiber casing that weighs just 975 grams, lighter than Apple’s MacBook Air. The X11 will go on sale in the U.S. and Europe later this year from $999.

At the other end of the spectrum is Dell’s Alienware M18X, a hulking machine the size of a small briefcase with a “starting weight” of almost 5.5 kilograms. Billed as the “world’s most powerful laptop for gamers,” it’s priced from $1,999 on Dell’s website.

Toshiba, meanwhile, announced an ultrabook with an unusual, 21:9 aspect ratio, for watching movies in wide-screen format without black bars eating up screen space at the top and bottom. The Satellite U845W (called the U840W in Europe) is due later this year, priced from $999 in the U.S.

There’s also variety in the smartphones, with each trying to find the sweet spot for screen size, and most larger than the 3.5-inch iPhone. Samsung’s Galaxy Note, one of the biggest at 5.3-inches, has been disparagingly called a “phablet,” as it’s midway between a phone and a tablet. its Galaxy S III, due later this year, will be 4.8 inches, while HTC’s One S is 4.3 inches.

Asus wins for the most out-there smartphone idea. The PadFone, which was announced in February and just went on sale in Taiwan, looks and operates like a normal Android phone but also snaps into the back of a tablet, in a concealed dock. The tablet is useless without the phone, but with the phone inside, the tablet uses its OS and processor and effectively gives the phone a larger screen.

The tablet has its own battery and can recharge the phone while it’s in the dock, and the whole set-up can snap into a keyboard, turning it into a laptop. There’s still no ship date outside Taiwan.

The designs here highlight a basic difference between Microsoft and Google on the one hand, and Apple on the other. Apple — which doesn’t attend Computex — spends years designing a small handful of products until it releases something it thinks is perfect. Microsoft and Google provide software, tools and some guidance to a multitude of vendors, and let them compete on the implementation.

The result is more variety in the worlds of Windows and Android, and sometimes lower prices, but whether the products here will be more successful remains to be seen. One thing is for sure: It’s become hard to say what some of them are.

“It’s hard to say what’s a tablet and what’s a notebook now,” said Gartner analyst Tracy Tsai. “Every notebook is a tablet, or every tablet is becoming a notebook. It’s all mixed together.”

James Niccolai covers data centers and general technology news for IDG News Service. Follow James on Twitter at @jniccolai. James’s e-mail address is

Computers – Brand Name Versus Custom Built

May 21, 2012 by  
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It’s definitely easier to buy a name brand computer. you just go to your local electronics store and choose one. however, if consumers realized just how much better a custom-built computer can be, brand name manufacturers might lose a lot of customers.

Brand name computers are designed so that when technology advances, you have to buy a new computer or just live with the old one. The parts inside these computers are made as cheaply as possible to hold down costs. If one of these parts fails, you have to buy a replacement from the manufacturer because the computer is built so that other parts won’t work. The manufacturer charges more for replacement parts because the consumer can’t purchase them from anywhere else. this means you will have to pay more when you need computer service.

These manufacturers often cut corners on features that consumers wouldn’t normally think to ask about like cache memory size, bus speed, and hard drive speed. For example, a manufacturer may advertise a 3.2 GHz processor, but won’t mention that it only has 1 MB of cache memory, which effectively makes the machine slower than a 2.6 GHz processor with 4 MB of cache memory.

The power supplies in the brand name systems are usually inadequate. they usually come with a power supply that is just strong enough to run the system as it is in the box, without giving the consumer any extra power for when he adds components or upgrades to the machine. Inadequate power supplies can cause your system to crash.

These manufacturers also load your computer’s new hard drive with bundled junkware. this software slows down the performance of your PC, as much of it runs in the background, and takes up space on your hard drive. this bloatware uses nag screens to try to get you to upgrade to the fully functioning version. this shovelware can be time consuming to remove. That’s why Best Buy charges $40.00 to remove it for you.

Custom built computers, on the other hand, can be upgraded and enjoyed for approximately 3 to 5 years. they contain higher quality parts that are easily replaced if they fail. you can purchase parts from a variety of different manufacturers, and each of these parts has a 1-year warranty. If it fails, you can return it for repair or replacement.

Computer repair can be obtained from anywhere, as the system is filled with universal parts that are easily found. you can customize each piece and buy exactly what you need without wasting money on features you don’t need.

The hard drive is clean and free of crapware. they also contain a full retail version of Windows with product license and full Microsoft technical support. there are also so many beautiful cases and case modifications to choose from. Your computer can truly look, and be, unique when you custom build.

The downside to purchasing a custom-built computer is that you either have to build it yourself or find a local computer shop that builds them. there are also some quality places to buy custom builds from online.

Custom builds also cost a bit more, and it usually takes a week or more for the computer to be built. in addition, most custom builds are desktops. It is possible to custom build a laptop, but it is more difficult to find places that do it.

However, in spite of the downside, once you have used a quality custom computer, it’s difficult to settle for anything else.

Need A Gaming Computer Cheap? Why They Cost So Much and How to Save

May 3, 2012 by  
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If you have recently taken a look at gaming computers you may have been a little put off by some of the prices. Many computers specifically designed for gaming like Dell’s Alienware can easily be double what a normal computer costs. With price tags often several thousand dollars many consumers are looking for a more cost effective option. Experts are weighing in on the matter and the good news is there is two main aspects that many aren’t aware of. Once you have a good understanding of these facts it can certainly help you to save a great deal of money.

The first thing we will discuss in this article is why gaming computers tend to cost so much. Gaming computers tend to cost so much due to the fact that they are designed for maximum speed. With speed comes with dollar signs. Speed can literally make all the difference in the world when even a slight hesitation can mean the difference between winning and losing. The types of hardware that these towers contain are typically top of the line and command larger prices than other run of the mill computers.

The processors that are being used as of late for your average gaming system are typically Intel’s latest chips. These processors often are four times as powerful as some other chips that average systems are using. The main reason being that these computers need to crunch large amounts of information quickly. Gaming computers are subjected to an abnormally high workload hence they need to have handpicked quality hardware to function properly. Otherwise systems tend to freeze or lockup making the user experience very frustrating.

Another difference that these systems have is their video cards. Video cards or graphics cards often are the major difference in a run of the mill gaming system and a high end gaming system. Video cards really are the meat and potatoes of the gaming experience. With huge breakthroughs in video graphics these days it’s no surprise that kids and adults alike have become fanatical about gaming. Of course the better the video card the more expensive the system.

The final major difference is the computer case. Gaming computer rigs often have cases with extra ventilation hence why many look so radically different. With the extraordinary amount of processing going on during an average game a tremendous amount of heat is generated. often most systems now have liquid cooling systems to help keep systems in optimal temperature ranges on top of having several fans which again adds to overall cost.

If you’re among those looking to get a better deal on your purchase you may consider purchasing a refurbished gaming system. Many top experts are now swearing they will never again buy new. Nearly all major manufacturers are now offering the same warranties with their refurb devices as their new computers. this really takes all the risk out of the equation for consumers and offers an viable way to save some money as the systems are usually discounted accordingly.

Why AT&T and Verizon Are Rooting for Windows Phones

April 27, 2012 by  
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Windows 8 could shift the balance of power.

In recent weeks, the two big American phone carriers, AT&T and Verizon, have been talking big about Microsoft’s Windows Phone software. AT&T has been hurling loads of money at marketing Nokia’s Lumia 900, a smartphone that runs on the Windows Phone operating system. And now Verizon, too, has revealed plans to aggressively promote Windows Phone 8, the next version of Microsoft’s software.

Fran Shammo, Verizon’s chief financial officer, said last week that the company wanted a third big player in mobile software to come into the picture, and it was going to throw Microsoft a bone.

“We’re really looking at the Windows Phone 8.0 platform because that’s a differentiator,” Mr. Shammo told Reuters after Verizon’s earnings report on Thursday. “We’re working with Microsoft on it.” He didn’t say when Windows Phone 8 handsets would be available on Verizon.

All the chatter about Windows phones is abrupt. Before April, Windows Phone 7 seemed virtually irrelevant to consumers, and American carriers were relatively quiet about the operating system. so why, suddenly, all the love and support for Windows Phone?

The answer is multifaceted: The carriers are tired of Apple’s calling all the shots, Microsoft offers a compromise, and everyone is watching with weary eyes what exactly Google will do with its purchase of Motorola Mobility.

Verizon and AT&T were very likely stunned by the iPhone’s blowout holiday quarter for both companies, said Tero Kuittinen, a mobile analyst and vice president of Alekstra, a company that provides services for people to manage their phone bills. in that three-month period, Apple sold a record 37 million iPhones, and the iPhone was the best-selling handset for both Verizon and AT&T.

Moreover, Verizon said that half the smartphones it sold were Apple’s. We’ll learn more from AT&T Tuesday when it reports its financial results for the first quarter, but Verizon clearly sees Apple as predominating over Google’s Android right now.

“There clearly is a danger now that iPhone is going to get a stranglehold of the U.S. smartphone market, and I don’t think operators are crazy about that,” mr. Kuittinen said.

The implied threat of the iPhone’s continued success is that Verizon and AT&T are losing control of the customer billing experience. Apple not only controls the design of the hardware and software of the iPhone, but also the store for purchasing additional media. The more the iPhone succeeds, the less leverage the carriers have, mr. Kuittinen explained. all they have is bandwidth.

And then there’s the question of what exactly Google is doing with its acquisition of Motorola Mobility, which is expected to be completed in the next few weeks. Owning a mobile hardware maker puts Google in the position to emulate Apple’s approach by controlling both the software and hardware design of an Android handset, thus gaining leverage over the carriers — a possibility that AT&T and Verizon can’t be thrilled about.

Amid the ferociously competitive and changing mobile landscape, Microsoft’s Windows phone software offers compromise. for example, Microsoft allows the carriers to preload some of their apps on the main screen of a Windows Phone 7 device. Microsoft will also feature apps made by its partners in its app store — customers of the new Lumia 900, for example, will see Nokia’s Drive app for GPS navigation prominently displayed in Microsoft’s Marketplace for apps. (At what point will Nokia’s getting close to Microsoft worry them as much as Google’s closeness to Motorola?)

For carriers, now seems like a better time than any to latch on to a third software system and see where it takes them.

UK Retailers Get More Overseas Tablet Traffic

April 16, 2012 by  
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Good news for UK retailers, search volumes from overseas consumers using tablets and smartphones have increased at an astronomical rate. overall UK brand searches are up 57%, but the real news is from mobile and tablet computer shoppers who searched those brands an incredible 132% more often than when compared with the same time in 2011.

The numbers come to us from the British Retail Consortium, and Google Retail Monitor who measured the unbelievable growth starting in Quarter one of 2012.

Stephen Robertson, Director General of the British Retail Consortium commented on the growth:

“Squeezed household budgets mean customers are turning more and more to the internet to research what they’re buying and look for best value. being able to check competitors’ goods and prices while they’re in a store is a big part of the continuing boom in retail searches via mobiles and tablets.”

“It’s a sign of these tough times that this isn’t restricted to major purchases – the biggest growth in mobile retail searches is on food and drink as people compare different offers. the number of overseas consumers searching for UK retailers has soared 57 per cent for this quarter compared with the same period a year earlier.”

“Internet search traffic from developing countries like Mexico and Pakistan has more than doubled. these statistics demonstrate the growth potential of online for UK retailers and the part retail can play in building a recovery based on exports, given the right conditions and a genuinely free-trade world market place.”

Peter Fitzgerald, Retail Director at Google also commented on the growth in UK traffic:

“the first quarter of 2012 provided more evidence of the growing importance of mobile. while overall retail queries grew 11% year-on-year, mobile experienced exponential growth, growing 132% year-on-year in Q1. Mobile retail queries as a percentage of total retail queries also followed a similar trajectory, more than doubling from 8% in Q1 2011 to 17% in Q1 2012.”

“the busiest days online, overall and on mobile, for Q1 2012 came in the first few days of January as customers searched for bargains and post-Christmas discounts in the January sales period. the first quarter also underscored the importance of retailer brands developing their international presence. Overseas searches for UK retail brands grew 57% year-on-year in Q1.”

“Countries such as Mexico and Pakistan drove the highest overall year-on-year growth in search interest for UK retailers; 135% and 101% year-on-year respectively, while interest also grew in the BRIC countries.”

So it’s not just about growth for the UK, the internet is making the world a smaller place even in the consumer goods market. we all have the potential to be international shoppers now via the instant search capabilities of our mobile devices. who knew comparison shopping could ever encompass such a large area?

Best Mainstream Desktop PCs

February 18, 2012 by  
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Mainstream desktops are those computers that are typically found between the $700 and $1000 price range without a monitor. these are systems that offer a full set of features that let them do just about any computing task. of course, one system may be better suited for a PC gamer than someone looking to use their computer for video editing.

There is a fair amount of difference in components between selections that make some better suited to one task versus another. because of this, my list of Best Mainstream Desktop PCs reflects the various uses and requirements that consumers have. Instead of a plain list, I break down the systems for all-around, value, gaming, and photo/video editing. Find out which PC I think is best suited for each of these categories.

  • Best Mainstream Desktop PCs

If you happen to have own a desktop PC that costs between $700 and $1000, share your thoughts about the system. is it one that consumers should rush out and buy or avoid. let other readers know what you think of your desktop.

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